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ALICE exhibition
CERN. Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (Geneva, Switzerland)


ALICE is part of the most important particle physics laboratory in the world, CERN, located near Geneve, at the French-Swiss border. There, they have particle accelerators that provoque high speed collisions in order to study the origin of the universe, its composition and its evolution. To analyze all this phenomena, some detectors capture the data produced by the accelerators and interpret them.
ALICE is one of these detectors. Built in 1993, it has a diameter of 16 metres, a length of 26 metres and is placed at the ring of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at 56 metres under ground. It weights 10.000 tons.
Indissoluble designs and builds the ALICE information point exhibition at the detector’s access area. The exhibition is located into a large red container (the ALICE colour) placed exactly over the detector, but at ground level. Inside the container, which can only be accessed with a guided visit, there are three different exhibiting areas: the model, the vitrine and the periscope.


The model
It is a reproduction of a fragment of the ALICE section at real scale. It’s 10 metres long by 6 metres wide and 4 metres high. The whole structure is built with plywood and coated in white PVC.
Onto this model a seven minute videomapping is projected, trying to respond questions like, what is matter and where does it come from, by travelling back to the origin of the universe. It explains how the CERN reproduces the conditions of the Big Bang and analyzes the results that are further studied by hundreds of investigators around the world. It also explains what is ALICE and how it was created with the collaboration of 1600 scientists and engineers from over 40 countries.
The model shows the relieves of the detector’s transversal section and it has also 7 real pieces placed on the same spot they were when they were working inside of the detector. Once the mapping is over, these pieces are lit and there’s an explanation on what they are and what they do.


The vitrine
Here, some other ALICE original pieces are displayed, as well as a 1:50 scale model of the detector made with 3D printing. Besides, there are some interactive screens that give detailed information of the ALICE experiment.


The periscope
It’s like a commander desk with three screens showing, in real time, what two cameras are capturing downstairs, where the ALICE detector is placed. The commander desk has a Leap control, a system that detects the hand movement to activate the interaction with the cameras. Besides, some QR codes have been placed by the detector so that they can activate information about ALICE when a camera is zooming onto them.


Client:
CERN
Data:
October 2017


Direction:
Juan Roberto Vásquez
Project direction:
Jordi Miró
Ricard Campeny
Production:
Marco Vásquez
Marta Chávarri
Multimedia:
Fabio Alvino
Videomapping collaboration:
Tigrelab
Adrián Morán
3D printing:
Francisco Candel
Contents:
CERN
In Medulla Continguts
Assembly:
Francisco Alcalá
Salvador Camí
Alejandro Cuñado
Javier Fuertes
Marco Antonio Gallego
Photography:
Pablo Pariente

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